Canada’s St. Clair College will compete in the Commonwealth Games for the first time.

Canada’s St. Clair College will compete in the Commonwealth Games for the first time.

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The game is described as “football, but with rocket-powered cars” and is based in Windsor, Ont. Team It’s Great is representing Canada at the first ever Commonwealth Games in England this week.

The St. Clair College Rocket League team will compete against seven other nations in Birmingham, England, including England, Kenya, India, Jamaica, Wales, Australia and South Africa.

“We’re very confident going into the games,” Josh “Comp” Byrne told CBC. Windsor morning Across the pond.

“We feel really good. Our atmosphere is really good. But yeah, overall we’re confident going into this week.”

The team secured a spot to represent Team Canada after a big win at the Rocket League Open at Gaming Stadium in April.

Rocket League is a multiplayer, arcade-style video game that has grown in popularity.

“It’s easy to pick up,” says Ben “Spods” Talbot of the group.

“A lot of youth sports are hard to get into because it’s so abstract, it’s hard to understand if you don’t play video games. But having Rocket League as a sport makes it easier to watch.”

Listen | Hear more from the Saints as they prepare to compete in England:

Windsor morning7:33St. Clair Rocket League team

Rocket League players Ben ‘Spods’ Talbot and Josh ‘Comp’ Byrne talk to CBC Windsor Morning host Nav Nanwa about playing in the Commonwealth Games.

Byrne said he never thought he would be playing esports at the collegiate level, let alone represent Canada at a championship, but he said he’s glad the sports and players are getting recognition.

“We sit on the bench, we play a lot, but it’s definitely a big mental problem,” he said. “That’s where he’ll find you.”

Competing in the Games is like Talbot achieving his dream of being like Sidney Crosby in the Olympics.

“The Collegiate Games is closely tied to an Olympic-type event, so for us to be able to bring esports into it is a big deal,” Talbot said.

“I think, going forward, for this pioneering approach, if it’s good and you know, the audience is good, it can be expanded to different games, and it was incredible. The experience was great.”

The Commonwealth Esports Championships are from August 3 to August 7.

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